What can you buy with bitcoins?

What Can You Buy with Bitcoin?

Last updated: 19th October 2015

This year has been something of a watershed, with a number of merchants – some of them retail giants with billions of dollars in revenue – determining to accept bitcoin in exchange for goods and services. Many of them are online e-commerce sites, but an enhancing number of bricks-and-mortar stores are also now accepting cryptocurrency.

While in the past attempting to find a bitcoin-accepting merchant for the item you want was often tricky or even unlikely, there are now growing options for people who don’t wish to pick their way through hundreds of listings just to find products vaguely approximating those they want.

The best way to find bitcoin-accepting merchants is via marketplaces and aggregator sites that gather large numbers of supporting establishments together at once. CoinMap.org also offers a visual way to locate bitcoin stores in any geographical area, and fresh businesses are appearing all the time. However, CoinDesk has summed up some of the more notable examples of both online and real-world stores in the guide below.

Spending your bitcoin

In previous guides, we’ve told you how to mine bitcoin, and how to buy it. However you acquired your digital currency, if it’s not purely an investment, you’re going to want to spend it at some point. So, what can you buy with bitcoin?

Buying physical goods with bitcoin

Global computing giant Microsoft added bitcoin as a payment option for a multiplicity of digital content across its online platforms in December 2014. According to the company’s payments information page, US-based customers can now use bitcoin to add money to their accounts, which can then be used to purchase content like apps, games and movies from its Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox platforms.

Dell, the multinational computer technology specialist, announced in July that it is accepting bitcoin through a partnership with Coinbase. As an introductory suggest, people buying with bitcoin will get a price reduction of 10% on high-end Alienware PCs. With annual revenue approaching $57bn, Dell is toughly four times the size of DISH Network – the previous largest bitcoin-accepting business.

Overstock became the very first major retailer to accept bitcoin when it made the announcement back in January 2014. The stiff offers everything from furniture to jewellery to electronics. Prices are in dollars but there is an option to pay in BTC on the checkout page. Primarily a US-only suggesting, the rock-hard opened up bitcoin purchases to over one hundred countries in September.

Newegg, also a retail giant, is a Los Angeles-based company that recorded $Two.8bn in annual revenue in 2013. It specialises in computer hardware and software, but also sells a diversity of appliances and goods.

Showroomprive.com took the crown of largest European company to embark accepting payment in bitcoin in September 2014. The merchant, which sells a multitude of products including clothes, style accessories, cosmetics and homeware, is to accept bitcoin via European cryptocurrency company Paymium. At the time of the announcement, its websites in France and the Netherlands were accepting bitcoin, with other countries to go after over coming weeks. It has not yet announced a plan to integrate the digital currency with its mobile app platform.

TigerDirect, the online retailer of computers and consumer electronics now accepts payments in bitcoin. This is handy, perhaps, for miners who can buy kit with coin they have mined.

Monoprix is a major French retail chain that has announced plans to commence accepting bitcoin payments on its merchant website this year. The company further indicated that it is also working on a mobile payment solution for physical stores and bitcoin could eventually be used there too.

Bitcoinshop.us offers products from air-conditioners to witnesses, all priced in bitcoin (and, as of July 14th 2014, litecoin and dogecoin too), for those wanting to make a purchase. The catch: it only ships to people in the continental US.

Memory Dealers carries a range of networking hardware equipment and computer memory. It has been a ‘bitcoin believer’ from the beginning.

AirBaltic, the Latvian airline, may be the very first to accept payments in bitcoin, after kicking off accepting the cryptocurrency on 17th July. A company representative said that the bitcoin payment option is suggested for basic class fares, excluding China, Indonesia, India, Iceland, Jordan, Japan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Russia, Taiwan and Vietnam. After originally and controversially charging a fee of Five.99 euros per bitcoin transaction, airBaltic switched its mind and now has no fee.

Air Lituanica, another Eastern European airline, is now accepting bitcoin for flight tickets as part of its ongoing bid to embrace fresh and innovative methods of serving customers.

CheapAir.com, the California-based online travel booking website, commenced taking bitcoin in November two thousand thirteen and announced in July that it has ended more than $1.5m in bitcoin sales on flights, around 200,000 hotels and Amtrak railway bookings via its platform.

BTCTrip is an online flight and hotel booking service that was one of the very first in its industry to serve the bitcoin community. As of August 2014, the stiff also accepts payments in dogecoin and litecoin.

The UK’s Theatre Tickets Direct has recently began accepting bitcoin, suggesting a ticket booking service for mostly London shows, such as West End theatre and musicals.

Fair Brew is a UK-based online beer platform that specialises in craft beers from its own and guest breweries – including quirky labels like Weird Beard, BrewDog and Pressure Drop.

Coco Mats ’n More offers bitcoin-logoed doormats for fans of the cryptocurrency, as well as ‘Bitcoin Accepted Here’ mats for merchants wanting to advertise the payment option.

CoinDesk frequently detects interesting local sellers: Keystone Pet Place will treat all your pet’s needs, The Java Nomad will ship you fresh coffee beans from Bali and Persian Footwear will sell you handmade footwear and bags from Iran. Several local, niche merchants accept bitcoin only and will not/cannot accept fiat currency.

The good news is that there are hundreds of puny retailers accepting bitcoin too. One of our favourites at CoinDesk (We’d love one in our office) are these beautiful, hand-made Water Filter Crocks. Coinmap and UseBitcoins.info keep up-to-date databases of these shopping destinations.

Using bitcoin to obtain discounts

Purse.io is a peer-to-peer marketplace that matches individuals wanting to buy items on Amazon at a discount with others wanting to buy bitcoin with a credit card or via PayPal. The service claims potential discounts of up to 20% for bitcoin shoppers. Read our review of the service here.

If you can’t find physical or online stores that accept bitcoin directly for the item(s) your require, the easiest way to turn your digital currency into ‘real-world’ goods and services is via bounty cards.

Slew of bounty card businesses accept bitcoins and these cards can be used at a surprising number of major retailers like Walmart, Amazon, Target and Nike. For US customers, companies like Gyft, eGifter, iTradeBTC and GiftCardZen have the widest range of options.

In the UK, Bounty Off lets customers use fifteen cryptocurrencies to buy bounty cards for one hundred seventy seven retailers, such as Amazon, Marks & Spencer, Ryan Air, and American Apparel. The service is presently rolling out to the EU too, with France and Germany being very first to receive a more limited number of bounty card options. More countries and retailers are planned to go after soon.

Note: many bounty cards are only valid in their country of issue, which is usually the United States (albeit overseas shoppers may still make purchases with bounty cards from US retailers in many cases). Other countries have their own options; for example, Australians can see what’s available at Bitcoin Bounty Cards. You will usually pay a little more to trade your bitcoins for bounty cards (around 5-10% is normal) but on the upside, you don’t need to deal with exchanges or transfers.

Physical stores that accept bitcoin

REEDS Jewelers, a large jewelery chain in the US, is one of the most notable merchants to accept bitcoin as a form of payment. The stiff is headquartered in Wilmington, North Carolina, and has sixty four retail locations in the eastern US, as well as an online presence. The retailer, which has been in business since 1946, is permitting its customers to pay using bitcoin both in-store and online.

CeX, a UK technology exchange and retailer, launched a one-store bitcoin-only payments initiative in Glasgow this May, as well as Scotland’s very first bitcoin ATM. It has now spinned out ongoing bitcoin acceptance to thirty stores across Britain, with more to go after soon.

The Sacramento Kings NBA franchise accepts bitcoin for products including tickets, jerseys, hot dogs and beer. The team says it will accept the currency online and at the Sleep Train Arena, its home stadium.

The San Jose Earthquakes, a soccer club from California, implemented bitcoin integration at the team’s Buck Shaw Stadium on 25th May. Coinbase is acting as the stadium’s bitcoin payments processor, leveraging the exchange’s tablet app to accept payments. Game attendees can use bitcoin to buy tickets at the box office and additionally pay for concessions at certain locations and buy merchandise at the stadium bounty shop.

Perhaps opening up the definition of a store, a private hospital in Warsaw, Poland, which is run by the Medicover Group, will soon let patients pay their bills in bitcoin. The medical facility is very likely the very first to accept payments for the utter range of healthcare services, including major surgery.

Check out CoinMap.org for a large number of smaller bricks-and-mortar bitcoin stores across the globe.

Where to Buy and Sell Bitcoin

Hotels and property

One of the desires of the cryptocurrency community is to be able to travel – across borders, perhaps –and to be able to pay in bitcoin. This would avoid having to visit currency exchanges and pay their commissions and fees, while also avoiding the need to carry much cash around. Now the fantasy is commencing to take off, with notable names kicking off to welcome bitcoin onboard.

Most notably, Expedia has announced it will now accepts bitcoin for all hotel bookings, making it the very first major travel company to accept payments in cryptocurrency. Expedia said bitcoin will be integrated into the payment options for customers at check-out, sitting alongside payment methods like PayPal and Visa. If all goes well, the company says it may expand the payments option to other areas of its business, including flights.

A Holiday Inn hotel in Brooklyn, Fresh York, is now accepting bitcoin payments in a pilot programme overseen by by bitcoin entrepreneur Charlie Shrem. The Park Slope Holiday Inn Express is located on Union Street in Brooklyn and bitcoin reservations are possible either by phone, online or in person. Again, if the pilot goes well, the chain should open up more hotels to bitcoin paying customers.

Spanish chain One Shot Hotels has been accepting bitcoin payments since 1st October two thousand fourteen for its two locations in Madrid (one with its own bitcoin ATM). Fresh branches in Barcelona, Valencia, Seville and London are planned for the future and will accept bitcoin too.

Suggesting international investors the chance to buy UK properties with an extensive range of digital currencies, including bitcoin, Cai-Capital claims to be the very first UK rock hard providing this facility. Targeting markets such as China, Russia and the Middle East, the Cheltenham-based company, which works in partnership with estate agent Hill-Mathieson & Fucking partners, hopes that cryptocurrency payments will draw in fresh customers for the company’s sales, letting and property management services.

Bars and restaurants

Bars and restaurants that accept bitcoin remain the exception, rather than the rule. Fortunately they’re usually fine places to go. If you’re determined to spend your digital currency on a plate of fish and chips, or a cold beer, there are effortless ways to find out where you can go.

Bitcoin.Travel is a respected site, suggesting a mappable list of accommodation, apartments, attractions, bars, and beauty salons around the world. Coinmap also maintains a worldwide database of establishments.

If you’re in London, UK, the Pembury Tavern is well known, as is the Old Fitzroy pub if you’re in Sydney, Australia. If you make it to Tokyo, you’ll find local bitcoiners dining out on bitcoin at The Pink Cow.

For those who happen to be both peckish and located in London, a quick snack can be had for both bitcoin and dogecoin at the Burger Bear stall, which sells a range of artisan burgers and also caters for parties and events. The business has also just ended a crowdfunding campaign for more permanent establishment in the near future too.

When it comes to food and drink, there are other ways to spend bitcoins, even if a restaurant doesn’t directly accept them.

Foodler, a site enabling you to browse and order delivery and take-out meals from restaurants across the globe, has over 13,000 restaurants in Trio,150 cities on its books. You can use bitcoins to pay for ‘Foodler credits’, which can be used at any of the restaurants.

Takeaway.com, a European online food ordering site which employs over one hundred people and reported a revenue of over €100m in 2012, announced in November two thousand thirteen that its website in the Netherlands was accepting payment in bitcoin via payment processor BitPay.

Interestingly, we are commencing to see nascent clusters of bitcoin-friendly establishments. For example, the Bitcoin-Kiez in Berlin is persuading local establishments in puny numbers along the Graefekiez there to support bitcoin.

Similarly, in the Netherlands, all of the businesses (nine restaurants and an art gallery) along two canal-side streets in the centre of the Hague have collectively embarked to accept bitcoin. Unofficially the two streets running along the tunnel – Bierkade and Groenewegje – have also switched their name to ‘Bitcoin Boulevard’.

Payment platforms

Another development that has recently seen large numbers of merchants joining the bitcoin space en masse is the adoption of the digital currency by payments platform providers. These companies suggest businesses the capability to lightly accept payments from customers by a diversity of means, such as credit/debit cards and PayPal. The good news for the crypto community is that they are also kicking off to roll out bitcoin services too. The merchant may not necessarily have made the bitcoin functionality live on their stores yet, but many will have and more are corded to go after.

Perhaps the thickest news of two thousand fourteen in this space was that, in September, PayPal announced partnerships with three major bitcoin payment processors – BitPay, Coinbase and GoCoin. The stir means that online merchants will now be able to accept bitcoin via all three companies through its PayPal Payments Hub, a product that enables customers to accept credit cards, mobile carrier payments and other payment methods through a single integration.

Popular e-commerce platform Shopify added a bitcoin payment option for its sellers in late 2013. With a base of over 70,000 online stores, the number of goods that can potentially be purchased with bitcoin abruptly expanded significantly. Strangely, finding them is not presently very effortless, because the Shopify.com marketplace page no longer exists, however there is a list of seventy five stores now accepting BTC on their blog.

Commerce-as-a-service solutions provider Digital Sea, a company that processed more than $30bn in online transactions in 2013, announced in June that it was adding bitcoin as a payment option for its online merchants. The suggesting is now available to merchants using the Minnesota-based company’s SWREG solution for puny and mid-sized businesses.

Similarly, Mollie, a payments platform in the Benelux region has potentially opened up over Ten,000 merchants to bitcoin buyers.

Buying services with bitcoin

US satellite service provider DISH Network announced that it will begin accepting bitcoin payments later this year. The Colorado-based company is one of the thickest content providers in America, with more than fourteen million pay-TV subscribers. DISH says bitcoin payments will be made available to all customers who determine to make one-time payments on mydish.com embarking in the third quarter of 2014, but it has not yet exposed an exact date. Once it does, it will become the largest company to accept bitcoin to date. Last year DISH Network Corporation reported revenue of $13.9bn. The company has more than 30,000 employees.

Following its successful test with bitcoin micropayments provider BitWall back in February, the Chicago Sun-Times has announced that it has partnered with San Francisco-based bitcoin startup Coinbase to accept bitcoin payments for subscriptions. The announcement makes the Sun-Times the very first US newspaper to accept bitcoin as a payment option.

A property listings site in the US gives a discount to users who advertise on the site and pay in bitcoin. The listings site, called RentHop, is suggesting landlords and agents who advertise properties in Fresh York a discount of up to 60% if they pay for their adverts in bitcoin. RentHop customers pay for ads with credits purchased from the site.

How about paying for education with bitcoin? Orlando, Florida-based online interactive education specialist Treehouse now accepts bitcoin for its subscription web design and web development education services. The hard, which to date has raised $24.6m through six funding rounds, boasts 70,000 students who use the platform to learn valuable abilities in languages and software such as Android, CSS, HTML, Java, jQuery, iOS and Ruby, among others.

And if you’re looking for friends or love, OKCupid, the matchmaking site, began accepting bitcoin payment way in April 2013, making it an utterly early adopter as far as large companies go. With four million users as of 2013, OKCupid is part of IAC, a media and Internet company whose holdings include Ask.com, Vimeo and Match.com. While OKCupid boasts of being fully free, it also offers an ‘A-List’ premium subscription that brings extra features which can be paid in cryptocurrency.

“The most dangerous global sorority of beautiful pin-up damsels that has ever existed” is now accepting bitcoin for its membership subscriptions. SuicideGirls is a popular adult-themed online community that bills itself as a celebration of alternative lifestyles and female empowerment. Some Two,624 SuicideGirls provide photos, movie and blog posts to the website. Further, the larger brand has expanded from photography and movie to include comic books, magazines and books since its launch in 2001.

Perhaps not remarkably for a movement that requires a fair bit of technical know-how, bitcoin has garnered a lot of support from the online services community. Hosting companies in particular are willing to give your website or server a home on the Internet in exchange for bitcoin.

The bitcoin wiki has a good list. WordPress is among the most visible and popular sites, and will suggest you a blogging presence online for payment in cryptocurrency. You can also go to BitcoinCodes to buy credits for Steam, Spotify, XBoxLive, PlayStation Network and AirVPN. Namecheap accepts bitcoin directly as payment for domain services. If you want a little more privacy online, several VPN (virtual private network) providers now accept only bitcoin after being blocked by credit card companies and PayPal.

Bitcoin gambling sites

One of the thickest destinations for people’s bitcoin is online gambling. It’s prompt, with an instant comeback (or loss) and bets can begin relatively petite. When done decently, it’s also effortless to prove that bets are fair – either by tracking payouts in the block chain, or by using outward proof.

SatoshiDice has been the most popular online gambling site. Users mail money to one of a set of addresses, and in comeback they get a payout based on the probability of winning. Others include PeerBet – which accepts a host of cryptocurrencies other than bitcoin – plus Primedice.

Bullion traders

If you choose your sound money in slightly stronger form, you have several choices. BitGold, a startup which recieved $Three.5m in funding in 2014, offers a service which utilizes gold for payments and savings.

Amagi Metals has been trading bitcoins for precious metals since 2012. Based in Denver, the company sells bullion via its e-commerce site to almost anywhere in the world and says bitcoin is a fine device for promoting interest in financial responsibility.

Online bitcoin marketplaces and auctions

Online marketplaces are another way to spend bitcoins. They are effectively clearing houses that enable anyone to sell products to anyone else.

It all began with Silk Road, an underground marketplace that enabled people to sell illicit goods and services using bitcoin. The site, only accessible via the Tor anonymous browsing system, capitalized on the currency’s capability to facilitate anonymous trades (if you know what you’re doing).

Silk Road got shut down in October two thousand thirteen and promptly ‘returned’ a month later. If that’s not your game, there are more legitimate bitcoin marketplaces where you can spend your coins. Most of them are still in the fledgling stage and have a limited range of goods to suggest, tho’.

Bitcoin Market and Cryptothrift are two category-driven sites, albeit sparsely populated. Flibbr permits you to search listed products by name. Reddit offers a subthread called Bitmarket, that permits people to list their goods as Reddit posts.

There are other, specialist sites popping up. BitPremier will sell your high-end luxury items for bitcoins, using an escrow service. It has an epic selection of high-end listings including luxury cars, yachts, condos, antiques, and artworks. There is even an island for sale.

Tipping, or donating bitcoin to a cause

Feel like providing your bitcoins away to a good cause, or to prize an interesting comment? Here’s The Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice, a London-based NGO that campaigns for “justice, human rights and reconciliation” in Sri Lanka, and Sean’s Outpost – a homeless shelter in Pensacola, Florida.

You can also peak people for comments on reddit (see the guide here). And here is also a list of sites taking donations in bitcoin.

What can you buy with bitcoins?

What Can You Buy with Bitcoin?

Last updated: 19th October 2015

This year has been something of a watershed, with a number of merchants – some of them retail giants with billions of dollars in revenue – determining to accept bitcoin in exchange for goods and services. Many of them are online e-commerce sites, but an enhancing number of bricks-and-mortar stores are also now accepting cryptocurrency.

While in the past attempting to find a bitcoin-accepting merchant for the item you want was often tricky or even unlikely, there are now growing options for people who don’t wish to pick their way through hundreds of listings just to find products vaguely approximating those they want.

The best way to find bitcoin-accepting merchants is via marketplaces and aggregator sites that gather large numbers of supporting establishments together at once. CoinMap.org also offers a visual way to locate bitcoin stores in any geographical area, and fresh businesses are appearing all the time. However, CoinDesk has summed up some of the more notable examples of both online and real-world stores in the guide below.

Spending your bitcoin

In previous guides, we’ve told you how to mine bitcoin, and how to buy it. However you acquired your digital currency, if it’s not purely an investment, you’re going to want to spend it at some point. So, what can you buy with bitcoin?

Buying physical goods with bitcoin

Global computing giant Microsoft added bitcoin as a payment option for a multitude of digital content across its online platforms in December 2014. According to the company’s payments information page, US-based customers can now use bitcoin to add money to their accounts, which can then be used to purchase content like apps, games and movies from its Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox platforms.

Dell, the multinational computer technology specialist, announced in July that it is accepting bitcoin through a partnership with Coinbase. As an introductory suggest, people buying with bitcoin will get a price reduction of 10% on high-end Alienware PCs. With annual revenue approaching $57bn, Dell is harshly four times the size of DISH Network – the previous largest bitcoin-accepting business.

Overstock became the very first major retailer to accept bitcoin when it made the announcement back in January 2014. The rock-hard offers everything from furniture to jewellery to electronics. Prices are in dollars but there is an option to pay in BTC on the checkout page. Originally a US-only suggesting, the hard opened up bitcoin purchases to over one hundred countries in September.

Newegg, also a retail giant, is a Los Angeles-based company that recorded $Two.8bn in annual revenue in 2013. It specialises in computer hardware and software, but also sells a diversity of appliances and goods.

Showroomprive.com took the crown of largest European company to embark accepting payment in bitcoin in September 2014. The merchant, which sells a multitude of products including clothes, style accessories, cosmetics and homeware, is to accept bitcoin via European cryptocurrency company Paymium. At the time of the announcement, its websites in France and the Netherlands were accepting bitcoin, with other countries to go after over coming weeks. It has not yet announced a plan to integrate the digital currency with its mobile app platform.

TigerDirect, the online retailer of computers and consumer electronics now accepts payments in bitcoin. This is handy, perhaps, for miners who can buy kit with coin they have mined.

Monoprix is a major French retail chain that has announced plans to commence accepting bitcoin payments on its merchant website this year. The company further indicated that it is also working on a mobile payment solution for physical stores and bitcoin could eventually be used there too.

Bitcoinshop.us offers products from air-conditioners to witnesses, all priced in bitcoin (and, as of July 14th 2014, litecoin and dogecoin too), for those wanting to make a purchase. The catch: it only ships to people in the continental US.

Memory Dealers carries a range of networking hardware equipment and computer memory. It has been a ‘bitcoin believer’ from the beginning.

AirBaltic, the Latvian airline, may be the very first to accept payments in bitcoin, after beginning accepting the cryptocurrency on 17th July. A company representative said that the bitcoin payment option is suggested for basic class fares, excluding China, Indonesia, India, Iceland, Jordan, Japan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Russia, Taiwan and Vietnam. After primarily and controversially charging a fee of Five.99 euros per bitcoin transaction, airBaltic switched its mind and now has no fee.

Air Lituanica, another Eastern European airline, is now accepting bitcoin for flight tickets as part of its ongoing bid to embrace fresh and innovative methods of serving customers.

CheapAir.com, the California-based online travel booking website, embarked taking bitcoin in November two thousand thirteen and announced in July that it has ended more than $1.5m in bitcoin sales on flights, around 200,000 hotels and Amtrak railway bookings via its platform.

BTCTrip is an online flight and hotel booking service that was one of the very first in its industry to serve the bitcoin community. As of August 2014, the rigid also accepts payments in dogecoin and litecoin.

The UK’s Theatre Tickets Direct has recently embarked accepting bitcoin, suggesting a ticket booking service for mostly London shows, such as West End theatre and musicals.

Fair Brew is a UK-based online beer platform that specialises in craft beers from its own and guest breweries – including quirky labels like Weird Beard, BrewDog and Pressure Drop.

Coco Mats ’n More offers bitcoin-logoed doormats for fans of the cryptocurrency, as well as ‘Bitcoin Accepted Here’ mats for merchants wanting to advertise the payment option.

CoinDesk frequently detects interesting local sellers: Keystone Pet Place will treat all your pet’s needs, The Java Nomad will ship you fresh coffee beans from Bali and Persian Boots will sell you handmade footwear and bags from Iran. Several local, niche merchants accept bitcoin only and will not/cannot accept fiat currency.

The good news is that there are hundreds of petite retailers accepting bitcoin too. One of our favourites at CoinDesk (We’d love one in our office) are these beautiful, hand-made Water Filter Crocks. Coinmap and UseBitcoins.info keep up-to-date databases of these shopping destinations.

Using bitcoin to obtain discounts

Purse.io is a peer-to-peer marketplace that matches individuals wanting to buy items on Amazon at a discount with others wanting to buy bitcoin with a credit card or via PayPal. The service claims potential discounts of up to 20% for bitcoin shoppers. Read our review of the service here.

If you can’t find physical or online stores that accept bitcoin directly for the item(s) your require, the easiest way to turn your digital currency into ‘real-world’ goods and services is via bounty cards.

Slew of bounty card businesses accept bitcoins and these cards can be used at a surprising number of major retailers like Walmart, Amazon, Target and Nike. For US customers, companies like Gyft, eGifter, iTradeBTC and GiftCardZen have the widest range of options.

In the UK, Bounty Off lets customers use fifteen cryptocurrencies to buy bounty cards for one hundred seventy seven retailers, such as Amazon, Marks & Spencer, Ryan Air, and American Apparel. The service is presently rolling out to the EU too, with France and Germany being very first to receive a more limited number of bounty card options. More countries and retailers are planned to go after soon.

Note: many bounty cards are only valid in their country of issue, which is usually the United States (albeit overseas shoppers may still make purchases with bounty cards from US retailers in many cases). Other countries have their own options; for example, Australians can see what’s available at Bitcoin Bounty Cards. You will usually pay a little more to trade your bitcoins for bounty cards (around 5-10% is normal) but on the upside, you don’t need to deal with exchanges or transfers.

Physical stores that accept bitcoin

REEDS Jewelers, a large jewelery chain in the US, is one of the most notable merchants to accept bitcoin as a form of payment. The hard is headquartered in Wilmington, North Carolina, and has sixty four retail locations in the eastern US, as well as an online presence. The retailer, which has been in business since 1946, is permitting its customers to pay using bitcoin both in-store and online.

CeX, a UK technology exchange and retailer, launched a one-store bitcoin-only payments initiative in Glasgow this May, as well as Scotland’s very first bitcoin ATM. It has now spinned out ongoing bitcoin acceptance to thirty stores across Britain, with more to go after soon.

The Sacramento Kings NBA franchise accepts bitcoin for products including tickets, jerseys, hot dogs and beer. The team says it will accept the currency online and at the Sleep Train Arena, its home stadium.

The San Jose Earthquakes, a soccer club from California, implemented bitcoin integration at the team’s Buck Shaw Stadium on 25th May. Coinbase is acting as the stadium’s bitcoin payments processor, leveraging the exchange’s tablet app to accept payments. Game attendees can use bitcoin to buy tickets at the box office and additionally pay for concessions at certain locations and buy merchandise at the stadium bounty shop.

Perhaps opening up the definition of a store, a private hospital in Warsaw, Poland, which is run by the Medicover Group, will soon let patients pay their bills in bitcoin. The medical facility is very likely the very first to accept payments for the total range of healthcare services, including major surgery.

Check out CoinMap.org for a large number of smaller bricks-and-mortar bitcoin stores across the globe.

Where to Buy and Sell Bitcoin

Hotels and property

One of the fantasies of the cryptocurrency community is to be able to travel – across borders, perhaps –and to be able to pay in bitcoin. This would avoid having to visit currency exchanges and pay their commissions and fees, while also avoiding the need to carry much cash around. Now the fantasy is beginning to take off, with notable names commencing to welcome bitcoin onboard.

Most notably, Expedia has announced it will now accepts bitcoin for all hotel bookings, making it the very first major travel company to accept payments in cryptocurrency. Expedia said bitcoin will be integrated into the payment options for customers at check-out, sitting alongside payment methods like PayPal and Visa. If all goes well, the company says it may expand the payments option to other areas of its business, including flights.

A Holiday Inn hotel in Brooklyn, Fresh York, is now accepting bitcoin payments in a pilot programme overseen by by bitcoin entrepreneur Charlie Shrem. The Park Slope Holiday Inn Express is located on Union Street in Brooklyn and bitcoin reservations are possible either by phone, online or in person. Again, if the pilot goes well, the chain should open up more hotels to bitcoin paying customers.

Spanish chain One Shot Hotels has been accepting bitcoin payments since 1st October two thousand fourteen for its two locations in Madrid (one with its own bitcoin ATM). Fresh branches in Barcelona, Valencia, Seville and London are planned for the future and will accept bitcoin too.

Suggesting international investors the chance to buy UK properties with an extensive range of digital currencies, including bitcoin, Cai-Capital claims to be the very first UK rigid providing this facility. Targeting markets such as China, Russia and the Middle East, the Cheltenham-based company, which works in partnership with estate agent Hill-Mathieson & Playmates, hopes that cryptocurrency payments will draw in fresh customers for the company’s sales, letting and property management services.

Bars and restaurants

Bars and restaurants that accept bitcoin remain the exception, rather than the rule. Fortunately they’re usually excellent places to go. If you’re determined to spend your digital currency on a plate of fish and chips, or a cold beer, there are effortless ways to find out where you can go.

Bitcoin.Travel is a respected site, suggesting a mappable list of accommodation, apartments, attractions, bars, and beauty salons around the world. Coinmap also maintains a worldwide database of establishments.

If you’re in London, UK, the Pembury Tavern is well known, as is the Old Fitzroy pub if you’re in Sydney, Australia. If you make it to Tokyo, you’ll find local bitcoiners dining out on bitcoin at The Pink Cow.

For those who happen to be both peckish and located in London, a quick snack can be had for both bitcoin and dogecoin at the Burger Bear stall, which sells a range of artisan burgers and also caters for parties and events. The business has also just ended a crowdfunding campaign for more permanent establishment in the near future too.

When it comes to food and drink, there are other ways to spend bitcoins, even if a restaurant doesn’t directly accept them.

Foodler, a site enabling you to browse and order delivery and take-out meals from restaurants across the globe, has over 13,000 restaurants in Trio,150 cities on its books. You can use bitcoins to pay for ‘Foodler credits’, which can be used at any of the restaurants.

Takeaway.com, a European online food ordering site which employs over one hundred people and reported a revenue of over €100m in 2012, announced in November two thousand thirteen that its website in the Netherlands was accepting payment in bitcoin via payment processor BitPay.

Interestingly, we are commencing to see nascent clusters of bitcoin-friendly establishments. For example, the Bitcoin-Kiez in Berlin is persuading local establishments in puny numbers along the Graefekiez there to support bitcoin.

Similarly, in the Netherlands, all of the businesses (nine restaurants and an art gallery) along two canal-side streets in the centre of the Hague have collectively embarked to accept bitcoin. Unofficially the two streets running along the ass-pipe – Bierkade and Groenewegje – have also switched their name to ‘Bitcoin Boulevard’.

Payment platforms

Another development that has recently seen large numbers of merchants joining the bitcoin space en masse is the adoption of the digital currency by payments platform providers. These companies suggest businesses the capability to lightly accept payments from customers by a multiplicity of means, such as credit/debit cards and PayPal. The good news for the crypto community is that they are also embarking to roll out bitcoin services too. The merchant may not necessarily have made the bitcoin functionality live on their stores yet, but many will have and more are roped to go after.

Perhaps the largest news of two thousand fourteen in this space was that, in September, PayPal announced partnerships with three major bitcoin payment processors – BitPay, Coinbase and GoCoin. The stir means that online merchants will now be able to accept bitcoin via all three companies through its PayPal Payments Hub, a product that enables customers to accept credit cards, mobile carrier payments and other payment methods through a single integration.

Popular e-commerce platform Shopify added a bitcoin payment option for its sellers in late 2013. With a base of over 70,000 online stores, the number of goods that can potentially be purchased with bitcoin all of a sudden expanded significantly. Strangely, finding them is not presently very effortless, because the Shopify.com marketplace page no longer exists, however there is a list of seventy five stores now accepting BTC on their blog.

Commerce-as-a-service solutions provider Digital Sea, a company that processed more than $30bn in online transactions in 2013, announced in June that it was adding bitcoin as a payment option for its online merchants. The suggesting is now available to merchants using the Minnesota-based company’s SWREG solution for petite and mid-sized businesses.

Similarly, Mollie, a payments platform in the Benelux region has potentially opened up over Ten,000 merchants to bitcoin buyers.

Buying services with bitcoin

US satellite service provider DISH Network announced that it will embark accepting bitcoin payments later this year. The Colorado-based company is one of the thickest content providers in America, with more than fourteen million pay-TV subscribers. DISH says bitcoin payments will be made available to all customers who determine to make one-time payments on mydish.com embarking in the third quarter of 2014, but it has not yet exposed an exact date. Once it does, it will become the thickest company to accept bitcoin to date. Last year DISH Network Corporation reported revenue of $13.9bn. The company has more than 30,000 employees.

Following its successful test with bitcoin micropayments provider BitWall back in February, the Chicago Sun-Times has announced that it has partnered with San Francisco-based bitcoin startup Coinbase to accept bitcoin payments for subscriptions. The announcement makes the Sun-Times the very first US newspaper to accept bitcoin as a payment option.

A property listings site in the US gives a discount to users who advertise on the site and pay in bitcoin. The listings site, called RentHop, is suggesting landlords and agents who advertise properties in Fresh York a discount of up to 60% if they pay for their adverts in bitcoin. RentHop customers pay for ads with credits purchased from the site.

How about paying for education with bitcoin? Orlando, Florida-based online interactive education specialist Treehouse now accepts bitcoin for its subscription web design and web development education services. The rock hard, which to date has raised $24.6m through six funding rounds, boasts 70,000 students who use the platform to learn valuable abilities in languages and software such as Android, CSS, HTML, Java, jQuery, iOS and Ruby, among others.

And if you’re looking for friends or love, OKCupid, the matchmaking site, began accepting bitcoin payment way in April 2013, making it an enormously early adopter as far as large companies go. With four million users as of 2013, OKCupid is part of IAC, a media and Internet company whose holdings include Ask.com, Vimeo and Match.com. While OKCupid boasts of being totally free, it also offers an ‘A-List’ premium subscription that brings extra features which can be paid in cryptocurrency.

“The most dangerous global sorority of beautiful pin-up damsels that has ever existed” is now accepting bitcoin for its membership subscriptions. SuicideGirls is a popular adult-themed online community that bills itself as a celebration of alternative lifestyles and female empowerment. Some Two,624 SuicideGirls provide photos, movie and blog posts to the website. Further, the larger brand has expanded from photography and movie to include comic books, magazines and books since its launch in 2001.

Perhaps not remarkably for a movement that requires a fair bit of technical know-how, bitcoin has garnered a lot of support from the online services community. Hosting companies in particular are willing to give your website or server a home on the Internet in exchange for bitcoin.

The bitcoin wiki has a good list. WordPress is among the most visible and popular sites, and will suggest you a blogging presence online for payment in cryptocurrency. You can also go to BitcoinCodes to buy credits for Steam, Spotify, XBoxLive, PlayStation Network and AirVPN. Namecheap accepts bitcoin directly as payment for domain services. If you want a little more privacy online, several VPN (virtual private network) providers now accept only bitcoin after being blocked by credit card companies and PayPal.

Bitcoin gambling sites

One of the largest destinations for people’s bitcoin is online gambling. It’s rapid, with an instantaneous comeback (or loss) and bets can embark relatively puny. When done decently, it’s also effortless to prove that bets are fair – either by tracking payouts in the block chain, or by using outward proof.

SatoshiDice has been the most popular online gambling site. Users mail money to one of a set of addresses, and in comeback they get a payout based on the probability of winning. Others include PeerBet – which accepts a host of cryptocurrencies other than bitcoin – plus Primedice.

Bullion traders

If you choose your sound money in slightly stronger form, you have several choices. BitGold, a startup which recieved $Trio.5m in funding in 2014, offers a service which utilizes gold for payments and savings.

Amagi Metals has been trading bitcoins for precious metals since 2012. Based in Denver, the company sells bullion via its e-commerce site to almost anywhere in the world and says bitcoin is a good instrument for promoting interest in financial responsibility.

Online bitcoin marketplaces and auctions

Online marketplaces are another way to spend bitcoins. They are effectively clearing houses that enable anyone to sell products to anyone else.

It all embarked with Silk Road, an underground marketplace that enabled people to sell illicit goods and services using bitcoin. The site, only accessible via the Tor anonymous browsing system, capitalized on the currency’s capability to facilitate anonymous trades (if you know what you’re doing).

Silk Road got shut down in October two thousand thirteen and promptly ‘returned’ a month later. If that’s not your game, there are more legitimate bitcoin marketplaces where you can spend your coins. Most of them are still in the fledgling stage and have a limited range of goods to suggest, however.

Bitcoin Market and Cryptothrift are two category-driven sites, albeit sparsely populated. Flibbr permits you to search listed products by name. Reddit offers a subthread called Bitmarket, that permits people to list their goods as Reddit posts.

There are other, specialist sites popping up. BitPremier will sell your high-end luxury items for bitcoins, using an escrow service. It has an epic selection of high-end listings including luxury cars, yachts, condos, antiques, and artworks. There is even an island for sale.

Tipping, or donating bitcoin to a cause

Feel like providing your bitcoins away to a good cause, or to prize an interesting comment? Here’s The Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice, a London-based NGO that campaigns for “justice, human rights and reconciliation” in Sri Lanka, and Sean’s Outpost – a homeless shelter in Pensacola, Florida.

You can also peak people for comments on reddit (see the guide here). And here is also a list of sites taking donations in bitcoin.

What can you buy with bitcoins?

What Can You Buy with Bitcoin?

Last updated: 19th October 2015

This year has been something of a watershed, with a number of merchants – some of them retail giants with billions of dollars in revenue – determining to accept bitcoin in exchange for goods and services. Many of them are online e-commerce sites, but an enhancing number of bricks-and-mortar stores are also now accepting cryptocurrency.

While in the past attempting to find a bitcoin-accepting merchant for the item you want was often tricky or even unlikely, there are now growing options for people who don’t wish to pick their way through hundreds of listings just to find products vaguely approximating those they want.

The best way to find bitcoin-accepting merchants is via marketplaces and aggregator sites that gather large numbers of supporting establishments together at once. CoinMap.org also offers a visual way to locate bitcoin stores in any geographical area, and fresh businesses are appearing all the time. However, CoinDesk has summed up some of the more notable examples of both online and real-world stores in the guide below.

Spending your bitcoin

In previous guides, we’ve told you how to mine bitcoin, and how to buy it. However you acquired your digital currency, if it’s not purely an investment, you’re going to want to spend it at some point. So, what can you buy with bitcoin?

Buying physical goods with bitcoin

Global computing giant Microsoft added bitcoin as a payment option for a diversity of digital content across its online platforms in December 2014. According to the company’s payments information page, US-based customers can now use bitcoin to add money to their accounts, which can then be used to purchase content like apps, games and movies from its Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox platforms.

Dell, the multinational computer technology specialist, announced in July that it is accepting bitcoin through a partnership with Coinbase. As an introductory suggest, people buying with bitcoin will get a price reduction of 10% on high-end Alienware PCs. With annual revenue approaching $57bn, Dell is harshly four times the size of DISH Network – the previous thickest bitcoin-accepting business.

Overstock became the very first major retailer to accept bitcoin when it made the announcement back in January 2014. The rigid offers everything from furniture to jewellery to electronics. Prices are in dollars but there is an option to pay in BTC on the checkout page. Primarily a US-only suggesting, the rigid opened up bitcoin purchases to over one hundred countries in September.

Newegg, also a retail giant, is a Los Angeles-based company that recorded $Two.8bn in annual revenue in 2013. It specialises in computer hardware and software, but also sells a multitude of appliances and goods.

Showroomprive.com took the crown of largest European company to embark accepting payment in bitcoin in September 2014. The merchant, which sells a diversity of products including clothes, style accessories, cosmetics and homeware, is to accept bitcoin via European cryptocurrency company Paymium. At the time of the announcement, its websites in France and the Netherlands were accepting bitcoin, with other countries to go after over coming weeks. It has not yet announced a plan to integrate the digital currency with its mobile app platform.

TigerDirect, the online retailer of computers and consumer electronics now accepts payments in bitcoin. This is handy, perhaps, for miners who can buy kit with coin they have mined.

Monoprix is a major French retail chain that has announced plans to begin accepting bitcoin payments on its merchant website this year. The company further indicated that it is also working on a mobile payment solution for physical stores and bitcoin could eventually be used there too.

Bitcoinshop.us offers products from air-conditioners to witnesses, all priced in bitcoin (and, as of July 14th 2014, litecoin and dogecoin too), for those wanting to make a purchase. The catch: it only ships to people in the continental US.

Memory Dealers carries a range of networking hardware equipment and computer memory. It has been a ‘bitcoin believer’ from the beginning.

AirBaltic, the Latvian airline, may be the very first to accept payments in bitcoin, after commencing accepting the cryptocurrency on 17th July. A company representative said that the bitcoin payment option is suggested for basic class fares, excluding China, Indonesia, India, Iceland, Jordan, Japan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Russia, Taiwan and Vietnam. After originally and controversially charging a fee of Five.99 euros per bitcoin transaction, airBaltic switched its mind and now has no fee.

Air Lituanica, another Eastern European airline, is now accepting bitcoin for flight tickets as part of its ongoing bid to embrace fresh and innovative methods of serving customers.

CheapAir.com, the California-based online travel booking website, began taking bitcoin in November two thousand thirteen and announced in July that it has ended more than $1.5m in bitcoin sales on flights, around 200,000 hotels and Amtrak railway bookings via its platform.

BTCTrip is an online flight and hotel booking service that was one of the very first in its industry to serve the bitcoin community. As of August 2014, the rock hard also accepts payments in dogecoin and litecoin.

The UK’s Theatre Tickets Direct has recently commenced accepting bitcoin, suggesting a ticket booking service for mostly London shows, such as West End theatre and musicals.

Fair Brew is a UK-based online beer platform that specialises in craft beers from its own and guest breweries – including quirky labels like Weird Beard, BrewDog and Pressure Drop.

Coco Mats ’n More offers bitcoin-logoed doormats for fans of the cryptocurrency, as well as ‘Bitcoin Accepted Here’ mats for merchants wanting to advertise the payment option.

CoinDesk frequently detects interesting local sellers: Keystone Pet Place will treat all your pet’s needs, The Java Nomad will ship you fresh coffee beans from Bali and Persian Footwear will sell you handmade footwear and bags from Iran. Several local, niche merchants accept bitcoin only and will not/cannot accept fiat currency.

The good news is that there are hundreds of petite retailers accepting bitcoin too. One of our favourites at CoinDesk (We’d love one in our office) are these beautiful, hand-made Water Filter Crocks. Coinmap and UseBitcoins.info keep up-to-date databases of these shopping destinations.

Using bitcoin to obtain discounts

Purse.io is a peer-to-peer marketplace that matches individuals wanting to buy items on Amazon at a discount with others wanting to buy bitcoin with a credit card or via PayPal. The service claims potential discounts of up to 20% for bitcoin shoppers. Read our review of the service here.

If you can’t find physical or online stores that accept bitcoin directly for the item(s) your require, the easiest way to turn your digital currency into ‘real-world’ goods and services is via bounty cards.

Slew of bounty card businesses accept bitcoins and these cards can be used at a surprising number of major retailers like Walmart, Amazon, Target and Nike. For US customers, companies like Gyft, eGifter, iTradeBTC and GiftCardZen have the widest range of options.

In the UK, Bounty Off lets customers use fifteen cryptocurrencies to buy bounty cards for one hundred seventy seven retailers, such as Amazon, Marks & Spencer, Ryan Air, and American Apparel. The service is presently rolling out to the EU too, with France and Germany being very first to receive a more limited number of bounty card options. More countries and retailers are planned to go after soon.

Note: many bounty cards are only valid in their country of issue, which is usually the United States (albeit overseas shoppers may still make purchases with bounty cards from US retailers in many cases). Other countries have their own options; for example, Australians can see what’s available at Bitcoin Bounty Cards. You will usually pay a little more to trade your bitcoins for bounty cards (around 5-10% is normal) but on the upside, you don’t need to deal with exchanges or transfers.

Physical stores that accept bitcoin

REEDS Jewelers, a large jewelery chain in the US, is one of the most notable merchants to accept bitcoin as a form of payment. The rigid is headquartered in Wilmington, North Carolina, and has sixty four retail locations in the eastern US, as well as an online presence. The retailer, which has been in business since 1946, is permitting its customers to pay using bitcoin both in-store and online.

CeX, a UK technology exchange and retailer, launched a one-store bitcoin-only payments initiative in Glasgow this May, as well as Scotland’s very first bitcoin ATM. It has now spinned out ongoing bitcoin acceptance to thirty stores across Britain, with more to go after soon.

The Sacramento Kings NBA franchise accepts bitcoin for products including tickets, jerseys, hot dogs and beer. The team says it will accept the currency online and at the Sleep Train Arena, its home stadium.

The San Jose Earthquakes, a soccer club from California, implemented bitcoin integration at the team’s Buck Shaw Stadium on 25th May. Coinbase is acting as the stadium’s bitcoin payments processor, leveraging the exchange’s tablet app to accept payments. Game attendees can use bitcoin to buy tickets at the box office and additionally pay for concessions at certain locations and buy merchandise at the stadium bounty shop.

Perhaps opening up the definition of a store, a private hospital in Warsaw, Poland, which is run by the Medicover Group, will soon let patients pay their bills in bitcoin. The medical facility is most likely the very first to accept payments for the total range of healthcare services, including major surgery.

Check out CoinMap.org for a large number of smaller bricks-and-mortar bitcoin stores across the globe.

Where to Buy and Sell Bitcoin

Hotels and property

One of the wishes of the cryptocurrency community is to be able to travel – across borders, perhaps –and to be able to pay in bitcoin. This would avoid having to visit currency exchanges and pay their commissions and fees, while also avoiding the need to carry much cash around. Now the fantasy is commencing to take off, with notable names commencing to welcome bitcoin onboard.

Most notably, Expedia has announced it will now accepts bitcoin for all hotel bookings, making it the very first major travel company to accept payments in cryptocurrency. Expedia said bitcoin will be integrated into the payment options for customers at check-out, sitting alongside payment methods like PayPal and Visa. If all goes well, the company says it may expand the payments option to other areas of its business, including flights.

A Holiday Inn hotel in Brooklyn, Fresh York, is now accepting bitcoin payments in a pilot programme overseen by by bitcoin entrepreneur Charlie Shrem. The Park Slope Holiday Inn Express is located on Union Street in Brooklyn and bitcoin reservations are possible either by phone, online or in person. Again, if the pilot goes well, the chain should open up more hotels to bitcoin paying customers.

Spanish chain One Shot Hotels has been accepting bitcoin payments since 1st October two thousand fourteen for its two locations in Madrid (one with its own bitcoin ATM). Fresh branches in Barcelona, Valencia, Seville and London are planned for the future and will accept bitcoin too.

Suggesting international investors the chance to buy UK properties with an extensive range of digital currencies, including bitcoin, Cai-Capital claims to be the very first UK rock hard providing this facility. Targeting markets such as China, Russia and the Middle East, the Cheltenham-based company, which works in partnership with estate agent Hill-Mathieson & Fucking partners, hopes that cryptocurrency payments will draw in fresh customers for the company’s sales, letting and property management services.

Bars and restaurants

Bars and restaurants that accept bitcoin remain the exception, rather than the rule. Fortunately they’re usually superb places to go. If you’re determined to spend your digital currency on a plate of fish and chips, or a cold beer, there are effortless ways to find out where you can go.

Bitcoin.Travel is a respected site, suggesting a mappable list of accommodation, apartments, attractions, bars, and beauty salons around the world. Coinmap also maintains a worldwide database of establishments.

If you’re in London, UK, the Pembury Tavern is well known, as is the Old Fitzroy pub if you’re in Sydney, Australia. If you make it to Tokyo, you’ll find local bitcoiners dining out on bitcoin at The Pink Cow.

For those who happen to be both peckish and located in London, a quick snack can be had for both bitcoin and dogecoin at the Burger Bear stall, which sells a range of artisan burgers and also caters for parties and events. The business has also just ended a crowdfunding campaign for more permanent establishment in the near future too.

When it comes to food and drink, there are other ways to spend bitcoins, even if a restaurant doesn’t directly accept them.

Foodler, a site enabling you to browse and order delivery and take-out meals from restaurants across the globe, has over 13,000 restaurants in Three,150 cities on its books. You can use bitcoins to pay for ‘Foodler credits’, which can be used at any of the restaurants.

Takeaway.com, a European online food ordering site which employs over one hundred people and reported a revenue of over €100m in 2012, announced in November two thousand thirteen that its website in the Netherlands was accepting payment in bitcoin via payment processor BitPay.

Interestingly, we are kicking off to see nascent clusters of bitcoin-friendly establishments. For example, the Bitcoin-Kiez in Berlin is persuading local establishments in petite numbers along the Graefekiez there to support bitcoin.

Similarly, in the Netherlands, all of the businesses (nine restaurants and an art gallery) along two canal-side streets in the centre of the Hague have collectively embarked to accept bitcoin. Unofficially the two streets running along the cavern – Bierkade and Groenewegje – have also switched their name to ‘Bitcoin Boulevard’.

Payment platforms

Another development that has recently seen large numbers of merchants joining the bitcoin space en masse is the adoption of the digital currency by payments platform providers. These companies suggest businesses the capability to lightly accept payments from customers by a multitude of means, such as credit/debit cards and PayPal. The good news for the crypto community is that they are also commencing to roll out bitcoin services too. The merchant may not necessarily have made the bitcoin functionality live on their stores yet, but many will have and more are strapped to go after.

Perhaps the fattest news of two thousand fourteen in this space was that, in September, PayPal announced partnerships with three major bitcoin payment processors – BitPay, Coinbase and GoCoin. The stir means that online merchants will now be able to accept bitcoin via all three companies through its PayPal Payments Hub, a product that enables customers to accept credit cards, mobile carrier payments and other payment methods through a single integration.

Popular e-commerce platform Shopify added a bitcoin payment option for its sellers in late 2013. With a base of over 70,000 online stores, the number of goods that can potentially be purchased with bitcoin abruptly expanded significantly. Strangely, finding them is not presently very effortless, because the Shopify.com marketplace page no longer exists, however there is a list of seventy five stores now accepting BTC on their blog.

Commerce-as-a-service solutions provider Digital Sea, a company that processed more than $30bn in online transactions in 2013, announced in June that it was adding bitcoin as a payment option for its online merchants. The suggesting is now available to merchants using the Minnesota-based company’s SWREG solution for puny and mid-sized businesses.

Similarly, Mollie, a payments platform in the Benelux region has potentially opened up over Ten,000 merchants to bitcoin buyers.

Buying services with bitcoin

US satellite service provider DISH Network announced that it will commence accepting bitcoin payments later this year. The Colorado-based company is one of the thickest content providers in America, with more than fourteen million pay-TV subscribers. DISH says bitcoin payments will be made available to all customers who determine to make one-time payments on mydish.com embarking in the third quarter of 2014, but it has not yet exposed an exact date. Once it does, it will become the largest company to accept bitcoin to date. Last year DISH Network Corporation reported revenue of $13.9bn. The company has more than 30,000 employees.

Following its successful test with bitcoin micropayments provider BitWall back in February, the Chicago Sun-Times has announced that it has partnered with San Francisco-based bitcoin startup Coinbase to accept bitcoin payments for subscriptions. The announcement makes the Sun-Times the very first US newspaper to accept bitcoin as a payment option.

A property listings site in the US gives a discount to users who advertise on the site and pay in bitcoin. The listings site, called RentHop, is suggesting landlords and agents who advertise properties in Fresh York a discount of up to 60% if they pay for their adverts in bitcoin. RentHop customers pay for ads with credits purchased from the site.

How about paying for education with bitcoin? Orlando, Florida-based online interactive education specialist Treehouse now accepts bitcoin for its subscription web design and web development education services. The stiff, which to date has raised $24.6m through six funding rounds, boasts 70,000 students who use the platform to learn valuable abilities in languages and software such as Android, CSS, HTML, Java, jQuery, iOS and Ruby, among others.

And if you’re looking for friends or love, OKCupid, the matchmaking site, began accepting bitcoin payment way in April 2013, making it an enormously early adopter as far as large companies go. With four million users as of 2013, OKCupid is part of IAC, a media and Internet company whose holdings include Ask.com, Vimeo and Match.com. While OKCupid boasts of being fully free, it also offers an ‘A-List’ premium subscription that brings extra features which can be paid in cryptocurrency.

“The most dangerous global sorority of beautiful pin-up ladies that has ever existed” is now accepting bitcoin for its membership subscriptions. SuicideGirls is a popular adult-themed online community that bills itself as a celebration of alternative lifestyles and female empowerment. Some Two,624 SuicideGirls provide photos, movie and blog posts to the website. Further, the larger brand has expanded from photography and movie to include comic books, magazines and books since its launch in 2001.

Perhaps not remarkably for a movement that requires a fair bit of technical know-how, bitcoin has garnered a lot of support from the online services community. Hosting companies in particular are willing to give your website or server a home on the Internet in exchange for bitcoin.

The bitcoin wiki has a good list. WordPress is among the most visible and popular sites, and will suggest you a blogging presence online for payment in cryptocurrency. You can also go to BitcoinCodes to buy credits for Steam, Spotify, XBoxLive, PlayStation Network and AirVPN. Namecheap accepts bitcoin directly as payment for domain services. If you want a little more privacy online, several VPN (virtual private network) providers now accept only bitcoin after being blocked by credit card companies and PayPal.

Bitcoin gambling sites

One of the fattest destinations for people’s bitcoin is online gambling. It’s swift, with an instant come back (or loss) and bets can commence relatively puny. When done decently, it’s also effortless to prove that bets are fair – either by tracking payouts in the block chain, or by using outward proof.

SatoshiDice has been the most popular online gambling site. Users mail money to one of a set of addresses, and in come back they get a payout based on the probability of winning. Others include PeerBet – which accepts a host of cryptocurrencies other than bitcoin – plus Primedice.

Bullion traders

If you choose your sound money in slightly stronger form, you have several choices. BitGold, a startup which recieved $Three.5m in funding in 2014, offers a service which utilizes gold for payments and savings.

Amagi Metals has been trading bitcoins for precious metals since 2012. Based in Denver, the company sells bullion via its e-commerce site to almost anywhere in the world and says bitcoin is a excellent implement for promoting interest in financial responsibility.

Online bitcoin marketplaces and auctions

Online marketplaces are another way to spend bitcoins. They are effectively clearing houses that enable anyone to sell products to anyone else.

It all embarked with Silk Road, an underground marketplace that enabled people to sell illicit goods and services using bitcoin. The site, only accessible via the Tor anonymous browsing system, capitalized on the currency’s capability to facilitate anonymous trades (if you know what you’re doing).

Silk Road got shut down in October two thousand thirteen and promptly ‘returned’ a month later. If that’s not your game, there are more legitimate bitcoin marketplaces where you can spend your coins. Most of them are still in the fledgling stage and have a limited range of goods to suggest, however.

Bitcoin Market and Cryptothrift are two category-driven sites, albeit sparsely populated. Flibbr permits you to search listed products by name. Reddit offers a subthread called Bitmarket, that permits people to list their goods as Reddit posts.

There are other, specialist sites popping up. BitPremier will sell your high-end luxury items for bitcoins, using an escrow service. It has an amazing selection of high-end listings including luxury cars, yachts, condos, antiques, and artworks. There is even an island for sale.

Tipping, or donating bitcoin to a cause

Feel like providing your bitcoins away to a good cause, or to prize an interesting comment? Here’s The Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice, a London-based NGO that campaigns for “justice, human rights and reconciliation” in Sri Lanka, and Sean’s Outpost – a homeless shelter in Pensacola, Florida.

You can also peak people for comments on reddit (see the guide here). And here is also a list of sites taking donations in bitcoin.

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